[UPDATE] Resident Treated for Burns in Local Apartment Fire

By: Candace Sweat Email
By: Candace Sweat Email

[UPDATE] 3-31 9:55am --

Unattended food on the stove found to be the cause of Villa Corteza apartment fire, according to the Tallahassee Fire Department.

Last night at 6:43, Tallahassee Firefighters responded to a reported fire at the Villa Cortez Apartments located at 1834 Jackson Bluff Road. One of the residents at the complex noticed smoke coming from Building F and saw someone on the balcony yelling for someone to call 911. Firefighters arrived to heavy smoke coming from the apartment and found a small fire in the kitchen. The fire was caused when food was left unattended on the stove and spread to the cabinets, but firefighters were able to quickly bring the fire under control. The resident received minor cuts and scrapes to his arms and was treated on scene.

No other injuries were reported during the incident. Damages are estimated at $75,000.

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The Tallahassee Fire Department responded to reports of smoke at the Villa Cortez apartments on Jackson Bluff Road around 6:45 Wednesday evening.

When firefighters arrived they found flames inside a second floor apartment.

A spokesperson with the department says the fire was put out within minutes, and the resident was treated for minor burns at the scene.

The apartment managers say they didn't know anything was going on until after rescue crew arrived.

"Some of the residents stopped by my apartment to let me know there was a fire in building F. I immediately ran down, vacated the surrounding apartment, checked on the resident that was in the apartment," said Lauren Vann, Assistant Property Manager.

Chief Michael Robinson with TFD says the damages are estimated to be between $75,000 to $100,000 dollars. He says the cause of the fire is still under investigation.


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